Bunker spill cleanup in Singapore

Patrol and anti-pollution craft are deployed to clean up bunker spill following collision at the Temasek Fairway.

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Updated on 10 Sep 2012 07:22 GMT

The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) has confirmed that it was notified yesterday of a collision between the Hong Kong-registered bulk carrier Sunny Horizon and the Korean-registered Liquefied Petroleum Gas carrier DL Salvia at the Temasek Fairway, around 700 metres east of Sultan Shoal, a small island off the south-west coast of Singapore.

According to the MPA, the bunker tank on DL Salvia was breached and less than 60 metric tonnes of bunker fuel was spilled. The area of spill is concentrated within Temasek Fairway.

Upon notification, the MPA said it immediately dispatched its patrol craft to deal with the oil spill. Oil spill response companies were also activated to augment the patrol craft. A total of seven patrol and anti-pollution craft have been deployed to clean up the spilled oil. Work is currently continuing and MPA is co-ordinating the clean up with other government agencies and the ship owners.

The two vessels involved in the collision are currently safely anchored in the West Jurong anchorage. MPA has issued navigational broadcasts to ships to navigate with caution when in the vicinity of the incident site. There is no report of injury and port operations remain unaffected.